Explore The Davis Farmers Market

Explore The Davis Farmers Market

Yolo County is truly all about the bounty of its agricultural offerings, and serves up some of the freshest local produce and craft food products anywhere. Year-round at Central Park in downtown Davis, the Davis Farmers Market brings together items grown, raised, and made locally. Walk rows of stalls lined with an array of fruits and vegetables, including certified organic produce, choice meats, chicken, seafood, wine, local eggs and honey. Choose from a variety of fresh-baked goods, plants, flowers and gifts. 

 

Pro tip: Shop the Davis Farmers Market early

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Davis Farmers Market remains open as an essential grocery provider. The outdoor market sells products directly from producers, making it one of the safest places to shop for food and holiday gifts.

The recent stay-home order limits the capacity of indoor retail and grocery stores. But because of its open-air setting, Davis Farmers Market attendance is not restricted.

However, it does get busy ­– especially on Saturdays. 

 

Shopping tips

The market, at 301 C St. in downtown Davis, advertises its hours as 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, and 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. However, most sellers are ready even earlier. On Saturdays, most are available by 7:30 a.m. Come before 9:30 a.m. for the lightest Saturday crowds.

Need a mid-week restock without the hassle? Wednesdays are your best bet. The streamlined experience now has earlier hours, year-round. The market is the perfect place to grab fresh food straight from the producer.

The market follows strict health and safety guidelines. Masks are required at all times, and eating and sampling is forbidden. However, both markets offer food vendors with takeout meals.

Since early in the pandemic, the market reorganized vendor booth setups and added spacing between sellers. Several producers offer pre-bagged items to expedite purchasing.

Shoppers are asked not to linger, and to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from those not in their household. They are encouraged to come alone to ease crowding.

 

Holiday shopping

During the holiday season and beyond, the market offers a wide array of gift options. Local producers and artisans sell handmade purses, scarves, hats, jewelry, ornaments, garden art, aprons, pottery, candles, soap, lotion, poinsettias, wreaths, dried flowers, art, photography, masks and stuffed animals. Farmers sell preserved jams and sauces, lemon curd, honey, balsamic vinegars, olive oils, dried herbs, nuts and nut butters. There are sweets like dried fruit or chocolate-covered almonds, nut brittles, caramel dip, kettle corn and local wines.

At the Market Shed, there is a wide variety of shopping baskets, market-logo aprons, hats, totes, mugs, T-shirts and the award-winning “Davis Farmers Market Cookbook.” Customers have access to an ATM, and the Market Shed accepts credit and debit cards. The annual Gift Basket Central is on hold during the pandemic, but pre-packaged market gift packs are available – at a discount.

It has everything you need for your holiday meal as well. Besides the array of farm-fresh fruits and veggies, vendors sell beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fish, eggs, regular and sweet potatoes, stuffing, pies, rolls, cookies, cheeses, crackers and more.

The market will be open Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

 

Which sellers will be there?

The day before each market, check the DFM’s Facebook or Instagram accounts for a list of products and producers expected the next day.

Since 1976, the Davis Farmers Market has been a community favorite. Markets are Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. (now year-round), in Central Park, 301 C St.

For more info visit its website at https://www.davisfarmersmarket.org.

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